General audiences and most fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have seen close to all the ‘MCU’ films till now won’t be disappointed with the events or conclusion of the film. As ‘Endgame’ manages to tick most of the boxes needed to make all the money in the world and provide almost perfect popcorn entertainment. It’s not though an assuring building block for the future and fans should be skeptical of what is to come.
Going into films cold is a blessing in disguise, especially when its trailer doesn’t let you in on the game that is being played on you. A game unknown to us but known to the production of the film very well with its risky plot, that at first will make you want to pull your hair out, but then later with one of the most unexpected of endings I’ve personally seen in a while might then change your mind.
Almost everybody enjoyed ‘Unbreakable’ when it first came out, but at the time no one really thought that a sequel was needed or that these kind of films were even possible to get one. Especially when superhero films weren’t yet in full swing at the time. 19 years later, we get a conclusion to a story no one expected and a decent send off to the micro-verse of characters M. Night Shyamalan created.
It’s not the norm to get good remakes or reboots as a general rule, but if a ‘A Star is Born’ taught us anything is that they are worth a shot. As the work in this remake makes it into a wholly different experience from the original film while still being respectful, which is a positive undoubtedly. However, it also led the story down paths potentially unnecessary or ill advised for the film’s narrative and conclusion.
If this was 2006 when ‘Talladega Nights’ first came out, this film would have been an easy sell, but that was a long time ago and in the year 2019 many don’t remember the success and popularity of the Reilly-Ferrell duo, besides the fact that Will Ferrell is no longer at the peak of his career. In addition, comedies aren’t what they used to be, as no one can take a joke anymore with where the culture has gone, so why would this film be of any worth or well anticipated. And the truth of the matter is quite the opposite of what the mass media and professional critics have been saying about this film and how bad it is, on the contrary its just mediocre.
The world is always a buzz for the next hyped release on Netflix and this past month it was ‘Bird Box’ that had Sandra Bullock headlining a film that could have easily been released in cinemas as many others on the platform, but thankfully wasn’t. The film itself isn’t bad in terms of production value or performances and even the story progression isn’t the worst you will find, but its core concept of a spirit force/cloud that’s come to doom us all is too much to swallow.
When a film is too complicated and long we moan about it, when a film is too simple and short we see less value in it. Sometimes both can work for different reasons and in the case of this Queen biopic it maybe short, uncomplicated and at times historically inaccurate. However, despite all this, it is still enjoyable and with some of the best musical representations of a band on screen.
It’s not too early to say that this film may be the ‘La La Land‘ of the upcoming awards season and will bring much needed glamour and star power that they crave. Moreover, its presence amongst other films will also be significant due to the actual level of professionalism and artistry put into it, as it is one of few films of this year that should be seen in the cinema and were the drama is genuine.
With the advent of online streaming have simplistic feel good films become a thing of the past for the big screen? As for some they are just an afterthought or at least not an option worth leaving the house for. However, keeping it simple, having a theme and getting the cliches right with some jokes and overarching meanings in the mix was and should always be a product moviegoers should value. As in ‘Uncle Drew’ case, it ticks all the boxes previously mentioned and if it was released 10 to 20 years ago it would have been your standard cinema entertainment for mass audiences, but in today’s cinema world it feels like a film out of time, but not out of heart.
Like it or not, things have been getting more political as of late from TV news to social media activity, all the way to movie making. Despite of this, some of us have been able to tolerate it within the confines of a story, even though on occasion it is sometimes a little too much at times. In this film here, the addition of certain elements works to a point, especially if you agree with that side of the political aisle and if you don't, you still might enjoy what is a great comedy based on a real story and that should have been made public a long time ago.
Netflix is desperately trying to go toe and toe with the big boys after securing the services of Adam Sandler and now having in their ranks Will Smith for a film series of elves, mages and orcs. This is all enough for most popcorn fans to bite and see what Netflix is cooking up. Especially with the value and the comfort of sitting at home to see such a film. Otherwise, would this film had been worth your time? that is the question in the digital age for cinema these days.
Going back to basics almost always pays off, especially with the way audiences have now accepted soft reboots over clear cut remakes as the norm. ‘The Predator’ is no different in thatit follows many of the elements of the first ‘Predator’ films that worked and tossed elements that supposedly didn’t. Which thankfully for audiences still ends up being a fun, bloody and action packed ride that goes way to far with its over complication of setting, plot and effects.